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January 29, 2007

Victoria Jazz Society Presents Concert Tonight

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Canadians Phil Dwyer, Jensen Sisters join New Yorker Geoffrey Keezer in Victoria Tonight

If you’re in Victoria tonight, be sure to catch the Nanaimo-raised Jensen Sisters (Christine and Ingrid) and current Qualicum resident Phil Dwyer with special guest artist Geoffrey Keezer from New York. The acclaimed jazz artists will be appearing at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, and will be accompanied by Jon Wikan drums, and Matt Clohesy bass.

Jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen’s three CD’s for the ENJA label won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields. Ingrid has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York. Ingrid’s sister Christine Jensen has built a reputation as an original voice on both the Canadian and International jazz scene as a performer on the alto and soprano saxophones and as a composer. In May 2000 she released her debut recording featuring her sextet entitled Collage on Effendi Records, which went on to receive rave reviews internationally. She has frequently recorded projects for the CBC as well as Radio Canada, and made numerous festival appearances at the Montréal Jazz Festival with both her big band and small ensembles.

Saxophonist Phil Dwyer has been a force on the international jazz scene for two decades. A critically acclaimed composer, arranger, and musical director, as well as one of the world’s most talented jazz improvisers, tenor saxophonist Phil Dwyer has performed with everyone from Aretha Franklin, and Gino Vannelli to jazz greats like Red Rodney, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Barron, and Tom Harrell. Dwyer was also a member of the Hugh Fraser Quintet when they won the Alcan Jazz Competition in 1987 and the Juno Award for Looking Up in 1988. Most recently Dwyer has made three recordings with Robert Occhipinti and was a featured soloist on the bassist’s Juno-nominated Yemaya. The performance of this group was one of the highlights of JazzFest International ’06.

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer has worked with virtually all of the living legends of jazz and has appeared on countless recordings both as a leader and as an accompanist. His jazz career got off to a fast start when at the age of 18 in 1989 he became a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Geoffrey continues to work in partnership with world-class musicians from all genres. His 1998 release, Turn Up The Quiet, featured Grammy winning vocalist, Diana Krall along with Joshua Redman and Christian McBride (currently a member of Christian McBride’s band). His partnership with world-renowned classical artist, Barbara Hendricks as bandleader/arranger produced It’s Wonderful — Tribute to George Gershwin. His two releases in 2003, Falling Up and Sublime: Honoring the Music of Hank Jones, were both collaborative efforts. Sublime is an ambitious set of duets with Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller.

In conjunction with this Sextet’s performance in Victoria, they will conduct a workshop/clinic at Alix Goolden Performance Hall (Monday, January 29, 3 – 4:15pm) for area music students (general public is also welcome), as part of the Victoria Jazz Society’s “Student Outreach Program”.

Registration for this workshop is free – please contact the Victoria Jazz Society office at 388-4423 to register. Space for this workshop is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

for more information visit www.vicjazz.ca

Monday, Jan. 29 8:00 pm
Jensen Sisters / Phil Dwyer Sextet featuring Geoffrey Keezer
Christine Jensen (alto, soprano sax), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Phil Dwyer (tenor sax), Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Jon Wikan (drums), Matt Clohesy (bass)
Alix Goolden Performance Hall / Victoria

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